13 Little Blue Envelopes Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. To whom does Ginny give money?

2. What almost had Keith quitting school?

3. How does Ginny decide to distribute the money?

4. What changed that Keith does not have to leave school?

5. Why does Ginny go to Covent Gardens?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the process Ginny goes through to purchase the tickets.

2. Where do Keith and Ginny spend the night in Paris?

3. What does Peg tell Ginny in her letter about Denmark?

4. How does Ginny find out who Piet is and what does she find out from him?

5. What happens when Keith makes a romantic overture to Ginny?

6. How does Ginny meet Beppe?

7. What do Ginny and Keith discuss over a beer and coke?

8. How does Ginny know what to pay the Knapps, what amazes her about the bill and the amount?

9. How does Ginny feel about getting out of the cemetery and what does Keith do when she says she missed the locking of the hostel?

10. How does Ginny get to use the internet in Amsterdam and what does she do on it?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss one of the following:

1. Thoroughly analyze how the setting informs the plot in "13 Little Blue Envelopes".

2. Trace and analyze one major theme of "13 Little Blue Envelopes". How is the theme represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

3. Trace and analyze two secondary themes of the story. How are the themes represented by symbolism? By the characters' behaviors? By the action?

Essay Topic 2

Ginny is astounded that even from the grave Peg seemed able to give Ginny exactly what she needs most. She had always been good at that in the past, calling intuitively when Ginny needed her. Mari tells Ginny that she was sorry to hear about her Aunt's passing, and claims that Peg felt terrible about leaving Ginny behind. Ginny spends most of the train ride back to London explaining everything to Keith after which he tells her he doesn't like what Peg did to her. Ginny defends her. When they are almost home, he pulls out a small Godzilla that he stole from Mari's and Ginny gets angry. When he sees she doesn't want it, he tosses it on the tracks in the tube station, making Ginny even more angry. Unable to understand why she is so upset, he tells her he'll take the bus and disappears into the crowd before Ginny can say anything else.

1. Discuss, in depth, what you think about Peg's character that Ginny would think Peg could predict Ginny so well. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

2. Mara says that Peg felt terrible about leaving Ginny, and yet, Peg never contacted Ginny about her illness. Discuss what you think is the reason for this. Use examples from your own life and "13 Little Blue Envelopes" to support your answer.

3. Why do you think Ginny was angry at Keith and why do you think Keith became angry at Ginny's anger? Use examples from your own life and the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 3

Titles often play a vital role in making a person decide to read a particular book. Discuss the following:

1. Fully explain why you think "13 Little Blue Envelopes" is titled as such. Do you think it is the best title for the book? Why or why not? Can you think of a better title? Why would you choose it?

2. How important is a title in influencing you to consider reading a book? Explain your answer.

3. Do you think a title needs to have direct relevance to a book's content? Explain your answer.

4. Have you ever read a book that when you finished, you do not understand the relevance of the title? Does it discourage you from "trusting" that particular author again?

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